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Written on September 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm, by Allison
Talk like a pirate day be a favorite here at Plymouth Yarn. Take a look at our Top 10, slightly Plymouth Yarn related, reasons to be a pirate… Aaarrrggghhh!
9. Ye get to travel. Think of all the uses ye will get out of that shawl ye made while cruising on those beautiful, blue Caribbean waters!
8. Open Up Davey Jones’ Locker, ye can basically wear whatever ye wish. Pull out that sweater with the uneven sleeves, that scarf that ye made way too long or the socks that didn’t end up looking the same. Nobody will say a word because, well, you’re a Pirate. Dead men tell no tales!
7. Have ye seen our logo?
6. It would give ye an excuse to bring your parrot to work.
5. Ye can use your Encore Worsted scraps to make this Eye Patch free on Ravelry.com.
4. Ye can use your Galway scraps to make a Felted Eye Patch, free on Ravelry.
3. Crocheters will always be prepared since their hooks are always “on hand”
2. Ye can wear these patterns all year round! There’s one for the veteran Seadogs and young lads alike!
And the number one reason to be a pirate…
1. RUM! When ye are a pirate ye are not only allowed to drink rum but ye are expected to! Ye might drop a few stitches or have to rely on your knitting counter to get through your project but nobody will mind. They will just be happy if you don’t steal their boat or make them walk the plank.
Enjoy the rest of Talk Like A Pirate Day. Ahoy Matey!
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Written on September 10, 2012 at 9:19 am, by Allison
“Crochet is alive and well in Minneapolis!” This is evident when you step foot into StevenBe, an elegant yarn workshop located at 3448 Chicago Ave in Minneapolis, MN. Many of you know Steven Berg as the “Glitter Knitter” and his beautiful shop lives up to his reputation with a sparkling chandelier and plush chairs to welcome you. Sit back, grab your hooks and needles and enjoy the lovely mix of animal prints and fine art that adorn the space. Imagine all this while creating your masterpiece with classical music or even a live harp playing in the background. There is lots of great Plymouth Yarn to be had. I think I’m in heaven.
I enjoy speaking to Steven every time he calls. So much so that when I saw this ad in a magazine a couple years back, I had to put it on the wall next to my desk. It reminds me of the rock band pictures I had on my walls as a teenager.
Our Design Director Cia stopped by the shop over the weekend and snapped a couple photos during her visit…..
So the next time you are in Minneapolis be sure to visit SteveBe and if you happen to be in Rosemount, MN you can visit Steven’s other location, The Yarn Garage and say hi to his mother Christa while you are there!
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Written on August 31, 2012 at 10:10 am, by Allison
It is officially the unofficial end of summer. Labor day is one of my favorite holidays as it celebrates the American worker, which is me! A big thank you to Matthew Maguire and Peter J. McGuire, labor union officials who first proposed the holiday back in 1882 as a day of rest and celebration for workers and their families. I’ll gladly take a 3 day weekend, I have one UFO that needs tending to, a grill that is begging for some steaks and a blender just waiting to make some margaritas. We always stay close to home, trying to visit our swim club as much as possible before they lock the gate for the final time on Monday 8pm.
For the first time, my son is dreading this weekend, or at least the end of it. Now he’s a second grader, aware that back to school means homework, early bedtimes and tucked in uniform shirts. No more weeknight outings to the movies or miniature golf. I’m excited to meet his teacher and wondering if she’s a knitter.
Early bedtimes for the kid means uninterrupted knitting time for mommy. My goal over the next few weeks is to master crochet. I am a novice and I am ready to change that. There is way too much fantastic crochet out there that I am missing out on. I would like to replace my holiday knitting with crochet this year. Click here for one of the many videos I will be using as guide this weekend.
Make sure you call your local yarn store this weekend too. Many of them have received their fall orders and are having some amazing sales. If you get to your shop, check out some of our new yarns like Gina, Sakkie and Pasea, the hottest sellers right now.
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Written on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am, by Allison
That’s right, I said it. Holiday gifts. Don’t shoot the messenger.
It’s that time of year again folks! Let’s start thinking about those holiday projects. My request list has grown over the years, probably because I’ve been outed by this very blog! Now everyone knows I knit. Boy, are they lucky that I love to do it, and my husband works the night shift!
So shine up those needles, wind up the hanks and grab your patterns, it’s yarn o’clock.
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2012 edition hits newsstands on September 4th 2012 but the online issue release date is today for those of you like me who just can’t wait and must get started. There are two perfect-for-gifts patterns in this issue made with Galway and Baby Alpaca Grande. Photos by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography.
Don’t forget to pick up your digital copy or newsstand copy on September 4th. You can check out the Interweave Knits website for other editions and great project ideas!
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Written on August 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm, by Allison
We would like to congratulate our 50 Shades of Yarn giveaway winner, Susan! She had guessed the closest numbers to our shades. Data was compiled from our accounting system by simply doing a search for the words red, grey and black. This was tricky, I know, due to so many mixed shades and lines of yarn we did not name in our accounting program. But the kicker for me, the thing that spawned this whole giveaway, was my amazement that we, in fact, had 50 active shades of grey yarn! We have 39 shades of “red”(descriptions only containing the word red, that is) and 45 black yarns. It was not shades of black, just plain black yarn was counted.
Susan has won 10 balls of Encore Worsted color 389!
Thanks so much for all of your responses. Here is a nice, quick little project for you to try. You can make one in every shade!
GALWAY- CHUNKY or WORSTED
F142 PDF Download
MATERIALS: 1 -100g ball of Galway Chunky or Worsted, set of double pointed needles size US 13, beads, needle & strong thread for sewing on beads.
GAUGE: 3 sts = 1 inch.
I-cord: Cast on 5 sts. Knit 1 row. Without turning, slide sts to other end of needle, wrap yarn around back and knit the 5 sts again. Slide sts to other end, and repeat wrapping of yarn, knitting, and sliding.
With either a single strand of Chunky, or a double strand of Worsted, cast on 5 sts.
Knit an I-Cord 11½” – 12” long (this will fit and average sized wrist of 7” to 7½”). Work to 12½” for an 8” wrist.
Cut yarn and thread end through a blunt point needle. Run needle through the five sts on knitting needle. Slide the 5 sts off the needle but do not pull them together yet.
I-Cord produces a hollow tube much like fingers in a glove. Place the beginning end of the I-Cord into the finishing end and gently tighten by pulling on the yarn threaded on blunt point needle. Sew together trying not to make the join too bulky as excessive bulk will cause a bump after felting.
Felt by hand as follows:
Wet bracelet thoroughly with hot water and dish detergent. Gently roll around in palms like a ball for several minutes adding hot water as needed. Unfold and refold bracelet to felt evenly several times during this process. Begin to felt more firmly rearranging the bracelet often and adding hot water and soap as needed. Turn on cold water and rinse bracelet for a minute.
Open bracelet and place over fingers with your palm facing you (like you are beginning to put in on to wear) Using hot water and detergent. Roll the bracelet back and forth on your fingers to felt in a different direction. Felt around the whole bracelet.
Continue this process until the desired firmness and size is achieved. Bracelet can be stretched while still wet to make larger. Felt is very strong and you will not hurt it.
Squeeze out excess water with a towel and allow to air dry. Sew on beads or whatever you wish. DO NOT sew beads on the inside of the bracelet (the part that touches you wrist) it will make the bracelet smaller.
Designed by Diana Shannon ©2005 102105jbt
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Written on July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am, by Allison
Win 10 skeins of Encore Worsted, read on for details.
Ok, I’ll admit it; I read the 50 Shades of Grey book series. My friends read it, my sister read it, my niece read it, my boss read it, and last but not least, my mom read it! (I’m pretty sure I won’t be accompanying her to the movies when that one comes out.)
Last week, I was chatting with a knitter looking to make a chevron blanket with various shades of grey Encore Worsted. As I searched in my computer system, I realized just how popular grey is, and that we have many, many shades of it. So for some fun this week, I decided to give away a bag but I am going to make your work for it! Give us your best guess to the questions below. One person, with the closest answers, will win 10 balls of Encore Worsted color 389. Comment with your answers to our Blog ONLY. Facebook and Twitter entries will not be accepted. In the event of multiple correct comments, a winner will be chosen among them at random. Plymouth Yarn employees, sales representatives and their immediate families are not eligible to win. Data on number of shades is collected from inventory reports. Winner will be notified via email on August 3rd 2012.
1. How many shades of grey yarn are active in our inventory?
2. How many shades of red?
3. How many black yarns are active in our system?
Have fun and happy guessing.
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Written on June 18, 2012 at 10:28 am, by Allison
Are you looking for a great summer sweater? Do your friends & family always try to steal your knitted garments? This may just be the giveaway for you.
Up for grabs, we have a Covington Jacket. It’s short sleeved, 100% mercerized cotton and perfect for summer. Not only will you get the garment, already made, but you’ll also receive the pattern and enough yarn to make another.
Visit and follow us on one or all of our hot spots, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. When you come by, say hi, post a project photo, follow, retweet, repin us or subscribe to our blog. Just let me know your out there, as I love to hear from you!
We will contact the winner on or about July 6th via direct/inbox message.
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Written on June 8, 2012 at 8:58 am, by Allison
I only have 7 more days until my sweet, darling, little boy is on summer vacation. I am not looking forward to the extra dishes in the sink or my house looking like a toy store exploded when I get home. He’ll be going to camp 3 days a week. I chose a mainly academic camp, with sporting activities in the afternoons. When doing my research, I found so many cool camps! Sports, acting, farming, and knitting! Unfortunately, I don’t meet the age requirements for any of them. Yes, I know I can take a class but there’s something about these camps that just sounds so fun.
I wanted to share some of the links I found about kids knitting camps all over the country. I’m trying to talk the boss into letting me review each one in person, individually. I don’t think he’s going for it! After the links, check out a free pattern for a one ball purse in Boku. A popular pattern for workshops and classes.
Small 1-Ball Felted Purse
Size: Approx. Finished Measurements (after felting): 6” wide x 7” tall
Materials: Boku (shown in color 2): 1 – 50g ball
Gauge: 14 sts = 4” on a US 10 needle over stockinette st before felting.
Needles: US 10, or size necessary to obtain given gauge. Small amount of Galway for sewing needed.
Note: Use a flat wool yarn such as Galway to sew purse together.
With size 10 needles, cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1-8: Knit 8 rows.
Row 9: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 10: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 11-16: Knit 6 rows.
Begin working in stockinette st: work 15½-16” in st st, leaving enough yarn to finish the handle at the other end. End st st section with a purl row.
Rows 1-6: Knit 6 rows.
Row 7: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 8: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 9-16: Knit 8 rows.
Fold in half & sew up side seams using a flat wool yarn. (Use the Galway Worsted). Felt.
Set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse, and lowest water level. Add a small bit of soap. Place purse flat in mesh lingerie bag. Do not put anything else in the machine. Check on the purse every 5 minutes. Felting could take 20-25 minutes or so. Keep setting back the timer to make the wash cycle longer. When desired felting is achieved, rinse and lightly spin. Excessive spinning can set in creases. Remove purse, lay flat and block out to a nice finished shape. Straighten handle section. Let dry. With scissors or a razor remove any excess fuzz.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company. Design by JoAnne Turcotte. All rights reserved.
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Written on May 31, 2012 at 10:43 am, by Allison
I am so excited for our fall line-up of yarns this year. Many of you have seen them already and were kind enough to share some of your pictures and projects with us. When we introduce a new line, I normally pick a favorite and go with it. That is impossible this time around ! There are so many beautiful fibers and colors. It’s going to be a busy knitting season for sure! I figured I would share them all with you, in one shot. I will do my best to give the important information you need, even when I really just want to say “It’s just so pretty, I must have it.”
We have a fantastic crew who gets to pick these fabulous yarns. It takes a village you know. They travel to Italy, Turkey, and Peru, just to name a few, to find the highest quality fibers so Plymouth Yarn can offer these to your favorite yarn shops. We have a team of designers who get to play, I mean work, with all of the contenders. They are always hard at work visiting trade and fashion shows to see the latest styles. I consider myself a pretty good knitter but they never cease to amaze me when they demonstrate to us just what these yarns are capable of.
Without further ado…..fall yarns!
Check out the video on youtube that features Bi-Use from Adriafil
Now that you have seen them all, get to your favorite yarn shop and get some! Color cards are available at plymouthyarn.com. Share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter. Pin them on Pinterest! Have fun!
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Written on May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm, by Allison
In honor of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, we would like to give you a chance to win a patriotic prize! All you have to do to enter is check out Plymouth Yarn on Pinterest . Follow your favorite board while you’re there. Then, come back to our blog or facebook page and tell us what you like the best or what content you would like to see.
I have two prizes available. You will receive a copy of pattern P417
and two balls of Encore Worsted in color 1009, Old Glory.
Your tootsies will love these socks, and think how great it will be to slip these on after a long day at the pool or beach! We know so many of you take part in charity knitting. How about making these for your local veterans’ association?
Winners will be picked at random on Tuesday, May 29th. Winners will be notified via email for blog submissions and inbox message on facebook. Tweeters will be notified by direct message. So be sure to keep your eye out on Tuesday! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
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